Coventry franchisees ship donated football kit from Nuneaton to Accra in seven days
Franchisees of a global shipping solutions specialist have helped a non-league football club send much needed boots and kit to a town in Ghana, following a plea from a fan of the Southern League Premier Central outfit.
While working on projects to tackle poverty in Frankadua, Sam Timms asked friends and associates back home in Nuneaton for donations to help make a difference to the children and families he was working with.
Nuneaton Borough FC was tagged into the social media post, whose chairman Jason Dean decided to donate some of its team kit and boots.
And in order to get the shipment sent as soon as possible, the club enlisted the services of InXpress Coventry franchisees David and Liz Murray.
David explains: “When Jason emailed us asking for help to ship the kits over to Africa, we knew we could help.
“Our customer services coordinator, Charlotte, did an exceptional job in arranging all the paperwork for the shipment, so it could be sent safely, securely and quickly to Ghana.
“Within just seven days, the boxes had left Nuneaton Borough FC and arrived in Accra, where Sam collected them from the DHL station and took them back to the village he was working with - a three-hour drive through the dusty African countryside.”
Jason says: “We were sitting on a lot of unused Boro kit at the club and received quite a few donations from the junior managers and sponsors in response to the appeal.
“This meant we were able to send two boxes of kit over straight away and we have more to send over, as soon as we can work out how, now Sam is back.
“I’m hugely thankful to David and Charlotte at InXpress Coventry. When they heard our story, they had no hesitation in helping us send the boxes out to Sam in double quick time.”
Since their work with Nuneaton Borough, a second company has asked InXpress Coventry for help in sending similar items to Uganda.